Lulabelle Reviews: Lay’s Passport to Flavor: Kettle Cooked Indian Tika Masala…….

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. That part of the year where I purchase and eat weird potato chip flavors to let you know if they are worth it or not.

So the people at Lay’s have taken this “contest” (I put that in quotes because the “winning” flavors seemingly disappears within weeks of the end of the “contest.” Never to be had again) and turned it on it’s head. This year they created an international experience with 4 new chip flavors: Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Brazilian Picanha, Kettle Cooked Indian Tika Masala and, Wavy Greek Tzatziki. Each bag sold is worth 100 “miles” that you can collect and go online to win various prizes. We’ve been so swamped here lately that all I’ve had the energy to do is eat and review each chip flavor. Which means we probably missed our chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Guam.

Dang it!!

Today’s review is on Kettle Cooked Indian Tika Masala. Now in full disclosure this was the chip I was MOST excited about. I freakin’ LOVE Indian food, and Tika Masala in particular.

Smell: A fragrant explosion of curry. Tika Masala is a cream based curry.

Appearance: Like intense BBQ chips but instead of bbq flavor, it’s cumin and turmeric with specks of red.

Flavor: BBQ flavor that is more salty. I do taste a bit of the taste they were going for. They have a starchy after taste. A fair bit of heat, and I do definitely taste the cumin and turmeric (smokey flavors).

Honestly the texture is a bit strange. I’m used to real Tika Masala that you can put over rice. The rice helps to cut the heat and adds a bit of sweetness.

There is NO sweetness in these chips.

I’d rather go for the real thing. Plus I can have leftovers of it and eat it the next day. This bag lasted me 10 minutes.

So in summary, unfortunately this chip didn’t live up to it’s name or reputation. We’ll try a new flavor tomorrow.

Bon-Appetit’ Y’all!

Photo on 2016-08-28 at 22.51

FTC Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All items purchased by me.

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Lulabelle Reviews: Lays Flavor Swap Contender: Sweet Southern Heat Barbecue…..

Picture this: A beautiful, quirky woman appears on a video screen, announcing she is doing a review on potato chips. Right on cue, a cat’s face appears in frame, meowing for attention. The woman then flies into multi-task mode, attending to the cat’s needs and showing off the product she’s reviewing. The video was so well done, it could have been a commercial. No, I’m serious. Stop laughing. 😛

Why am I asking you to picture it? Because I lack the skills necessary, apparently, to convert the review video filmed on my ipad into a compatible format that WordPress will accept. 😦 And yes to prep for my video debut I did my hair, changed my shirt and put on almost a full face of makeup (I even freakin’ BRONZED my face!!) Behold the high quality:

Photo on 2016-03-22 at 01.25

Purdy, ain’t it? Well, let’s just try and get passed (past? Grrr….it’s 2am and I can’t remember. Correct me in the comments) this and just be glad that in the video I only ate one chip so I have more to work with here.

Upon opening the bag, the aroma is not unlike regular BBQ potato chips. A potato smell with a tiny bit of spice.

The chip itself is thin and crunchy. The initial flavor is BBQ spicy, but the zing lingers on the tongue for a hot minute (ba-da-bum 😀 ) before sliding to the back of the throat. There is also a subtle smoky sweetness that reminds me of when I was a kid and we’d go to my grandpa’s for BBQ every summer. He’d prepare it the old fashioned way, outside in a big smoker/griller thingy……

Oh man, I just ate another chip and got a hint of nostalgia for simpler times. For when we’d visit grandpa and grandma B and have BBQ chicken and my grandma’s famous peanut butter pie. After lunch we’d go play outside on the swing or stationary bike (it was kept outside for some unknown reason. Probably using the same logic that makes some people in the south keep their washer/dryer units outside on the front porch. You don’t understand why, but you also don’t question it 😀 ).

So thank you Lays, for helping me remember my childhood and simpler, more wholesome times. Like before Donald Trump had any political aspirations.

I’m giving this flavor two enthusiastic thumbs up and hope it sticks around.

Cheers!

*FTC Disclaimer: This blog was not sponsored by Lays. All products were purchased for personal use.